By the time the credits roll concluding the four-time Oscar winning Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a casual music fan might assume that the royal rockers’ career must have peaked with that July 1985 Live Aid London benefit concert performance which climaxes the film. In fact, the story portrayed in “Bohemian Rhapsody” is only the first volume of the five decade Queen saga whose final chapter is being writ large in real time even today with Queen + Adam Lambert North American Tour. Brian May & Roger Taylor return In the Studio for part 2 of the band’s Golden Jubilee.
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Meanwhile Brian & Roger give us the backstory on such early Queen songs as “Keep Yourself Alive” and “Doing All Right” from the debut ;”Now I’m Here”, “Stone Cold Crazy”, and “Killer Queen” from Sheer Heart Attack; and some amazing early live performances from the London Hammersmith Odeon. Queen’s golden jubilee, part one, with Brian May and Roger Taylor here In the Studio.
To help celebrate the golden jubilee of Queen prior to their North American tour coming soon, here is a remarkable live recording of “Keep Yourself Alive” from London’s Hammersmith Odeon Theater in late 1975.
We celebrate “Queen Forever” and Freddie Mercury’s memory with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor.
With the release of November 1977’s “News of the World” , Queen had succeeded as four real “mates” on an international scale, which would continue only to increase for the next decade. With four writers and vocalists, the band had a surplus of strong songs, while Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury possessed such an operatic voice that it’s easy to forget that both Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor also sang lead on select songs. Brian May is my guest In the Studio.
Like a cosmic rarity, here is an aural snapshot of a star going into the white-hot state of supernova: Queen in a London studio performing live for the BBC with a then-new song, “We Will Rock You”. Equal parts promise and serving notice, this stuff is historic, essential, and bloody epic!
Queen always was one of those top-tier bands who could really sing and play their highly arranged material live, and here is ample proof of that fact in a rare live-in-studio performance of “Spread Your Wings” from Autumn 1977, broadcast on BBC Radio from London’s Maida Vale Studio. –Redbeard
The story of Heart’s debut “Dreamboat Annie” remains one of the Cinderella fairy tale chapters in rock history, but the major label follow up released this week in 1977, “Little Queen”, was made amidst a legal battle prompted precisely because initial big money, & the potential for more.
Queen songwriter/ singer/ world-class guitarist Brian May and drummer/singer/songwriter Roger Taylor tell the story of the first five Queen albums including “A Day at the Races” in this wonderful classic rock interview tribute to the late great Freddie Mercury. -Redbeard
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor In the Studio with Redbeard on the 30th anniversary of “Innuendo”, Freddie Mercury’s final album, which Rolling Stone magazine called “Queen’s last masterpiece.”